Welcome to Leather School
Created by Designer Leatherworker John Hagger, Leather School gives you the chance to be the maker!
Make your own leather belt, leather shopping bag or satchel, or choose from our collection of time-tested leather patterns. You can make them with our help here in our (or rather, your) workshop on the beautiful Dartington Estate in South Devon. Come on your own or with a group of friends to create your own project under the expert supervision of Leather School’s tutors.
Leatherwork Basic Skills Weekend
Two full days of practical, workshop-based teaching
Also available as an evening class
One weekend a month we open the Tanner Bates workshop on the Dartington Estate to people wishing to learn how to work with leather. We teach traditional techniques using hand tools and naturally tanned leather. The course includes a short theory session and 2 full days of practical teaching in the workshop.More information >>
Make Your Own Belt Masterclass
From Devon Oak Bark Tanned Leather
Make a belt that fits you – or a family member – perfectly and learn lots of leatherwork techniques along the way. Your belt can be personalised with initials, a name or message. More information >>
Leather Satchel Masterclass
Make a beautiful leather satchel from fine Italian leather
We have created a pattern for an old-school satchel that enables you to both learn lots of techniques and make something substantial size-wise that will be useful everyday! Come to Dartington, Devon, the home of craft. More information >>
Leather School Kit Class
The perfect introduction to leathercraft
First, learn some Leather School Basics in an easy, fun, hands-on introduction to leather joining techniques – riveting, hand-stitching and snap fastenings. Then choose either a rivet kit or a stitch kit and make your own leather belt, pouch, phone case, notebook cover, key case or dog lead. Personalise it by stamping your name or adding die-cut design elements. More information >>
Touch, smell and practice working with leather & tools
NB:This is a seasonal class, check the calendar to see when it is next scheduled.
Join us outside the Workshop on the grass (inside if it’s raining) and make a wristband for yourself or for your best friend. Choose from two styles of wristband. Stamp your initials, add a detail in colourful leather to make it unique.
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